The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think that this book is a good way to help kids understand that people who are homeless aren't necessarily there because they are lazy and teaches them to respect All types of people. I know it did for me. I loved this book growing up.
Armand certainly is lazy, though, and so that adds another layer to the story. It is nice, too, to see him grow up and change. I love that quote, "It is never too late to be what you might have been." by George Eliot. Armand's character illustrates this well.
We read this with our four year old over the course of... maybe a month and a half. He was SO bored. So... maybe for older kids that can understand deeper concepts and don't need a lot of humor and action, this would suit. Little ones? Not so much.
Also, this book is set at Christmas, so if you are looking for a novel to read with your kids at Christmas time and want to try something different, this might be a good one to read.
Not a waste of time!!!